Schools across the Killeen-Fort Hood area sat vacant Monday as school districts canceled classes this week due to coronavirus concerns. However, some local schools are expected to reawaken Tuesday as districts prepare to dish out free meals to children, and in some cases, “instructional activities.”
While many local school districts — including Killeen, Copperas Cove, Belton, Gatesville and Temple — were on spring break last week, those breaks have been extended through this Friday as school officials continue to monitor the coronavirus situation. The same applies to Central Texas College, Texas A&M University-Central Texas and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Florence and Lampasas school districts held classes last week and are on spring break this week.
Despite the extended break, Cove ISD said on Monday students can “engage in instructional activities” with assignments from Schoology — the school’s online learning management system — or pick up an instructional packet Tuesday that contains the same materials. Students, parents or guardians can pick up the packets between 7 and 10 a.m.; or 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; or 5 and 7 p.m. at the following locations:
- Hettie Halstead Elementary, 910 N. Main Street (254-547-3440)
- Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary, 710 S. 5th Street (254-547-4212)
- Mae Stevens Early Learning Academy, 302 Manning Drive (254-547-8289)
“We are asking that parents/guardians NOT exit their vehicles as CCISD staff will hand parents/guardians the appropriate grade level or content specific instructional packet at curbside,” according to Cove ISD.
Cove ISD is providing a free breakfast and a free lunch for children ages 18 and under starting Tuesday through Friday, and longer if needed, officials said.
“We are asking that parents/guardians NOT exit their vehicles as CCISD child nutrition staff will hand students their meals,” according to Cove ISD.
The Cove ISD meals are available 7:30 to 9 a.m. for breakfast, and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch at Hettie Halstead Elementary, Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary and Mae Stevens Early Learning Academy.
Cove ISD is asking that families adhere to the following federal regulations in reference to the free meals:
- Child nutrition staff can only hand meals to children ages 18 and under and only for the number of children in the vehicle with the parent/guardian. Children DO NOT have to be enrolled in CCISD to receive a meal.
- Child nutrition staff cannot send meals with just the parent; children must be present when meals are picked up.
- Children ages 18 and under may go to any school campus listed above and pick up a meal. Children are not required to show a school ID or enter a student ID number.
- Children will receive a complete meal that will be cold to ensure child nutrition staff are serving the safest foods possible.
- Each meal will follow regulations for meal pattern compliance as well as portion sizes set forth by USDA and TDA. All items will be included in each sack as per regulations.
Killeen ISD has canceled a March 28 job fair, and will reschedule at a later date.
On Sunday, KISD announced it will also provide free breakfast and lunch through Friday to all children ages 18 and under.
Those free “grab-and-go” meals start Tuesday with breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Lunch service will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
“State and Federal regulations prohibit parents from obtaining these meals,” according to KISD.
The free meals are available at the following campuses:
- Cedar Valley Elementary School
- Harker Heights Elementary School
- Hay Branch Elementary School
- Oveta Culp Hobby Elementary School
- Peebles Elementary School
- Pershing Park Elementary School
- Reeces Creek Elementary School
- West Ward Elementary School
- Willow Springs Elementary School
- Manor Middle School
- Rancier Middle School
- Shoemaker High School Fieldhouse